Jeff Sessions to announce Alabama Senate bid

Politics 11/06/19, 18:20

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce that he is entering the race for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, two Republicans with direct knowledge of his plans said Wednesday, Nov. 6. Sessions, 72, will be making a return to the political stage a year after stepping down as President ...

Ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he still supports Trump

Politics 10/04/19, 00:08

Jeff Sessions said he still backs President Donald Trump, despite his unceremonious firing as attorney general almost a year ago. “I’m proud of President Trump’s policy agenda, and you have had a part in it,” Sessions told a crowd of enthusiastic Alabama Republicans at the Madison County Republican Party fundraiser on ...

Rod Rosenstein submits letter of resignation to Trump

Politics 04/29/19, 16:33

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has submitted a letter of resignation to President Donald Trump. It's effective May 11. “I am grateful to you for the opportunity to serve; for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations; and for the goals you set in your inaugural address: patriotism, ...

Ex-Auburn football coach Tuberville to run for Ala. Senate

Sports 04/06/19, 13:38

Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville is joining the Republican race to win back the Alabama Senate seat from Democrat Doug Jones in 2020. Tuberville announced his candidacy Saturday on Twitter, saying: "After more than a year of listening to Alabama's citizens, I have heard your concerns and hopes for ...

Former AG Sessions honored at Justice Dept. ceremony

Politics 03/21/19, 15:39

As Washington awaits word from special counsel Robert Mueller, three Justice Department officials inextricably linked to his appointment and tenure joined each other on stage Thursday for a ceremony honoring one of them — former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Neither Mueller's name nor the Russia investigation he leads was mentioned during ...

Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

Politics 03/04/19, 11:51

Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has left the Justice Department. Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec says Whitaker's last day was Saturday. Whitaker was replaced last month when William Barr was confirmed as attorney general. He became a counselor in the associate attorney general's office. Whitaker was elevated to acting attorney general in ...

GOP’s Byrne to challenge Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama in 2020

Politics 02/20/19, 21:58

Republican Congressman Bradley Byrne of Alabama announced Wednesday that he will challenge U.S. Sen. Doug Jones in 2020 as the GOP tries to reclaim the high-profile seat previously held by Jeff Sessions. Byrne, 64, is the first Republican to announce his candidacy in what is expected to be a crowded primary ...

Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general, succeeding Jeff Sessions

Politics 02/14/19, 14:35

The Senate on Thursday, Feb. 14, confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election. The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm him, mostly along party lines. Barr, who previously served as ...

Whitaker has time on his mind under Democratic grilling

Politics 02/08/19, 16:12

Tick-tock. Time seemed to be on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's mind Friday when House Democrats trained their new oversight powers on his stewardship of the Trump administration's Justice Department. That's at least in part because his stewardship began in November with Jeff Sessions' resignation and could end next week if ...

Update: Senate panel approves Barr, Trump’s AG pick

Politics 02/07/19, 13:01

The Latest on William Barr's nomination to be attorney general (all times local): 1 p.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. William Barr's nomination was approved along party lines Thursday. It now heads to the Senate floor, where Barr is expected to be confirmed. Barr, who served ...

Senate panel set to approve Trump’s attorney general nominee

Politics 02/07/19, 04:14

The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to approve William Barr's nomination to be attorney general Thursday in a vote that is likely to be mostly along party lines as Democrats have questioned how transparent Barr will be once special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation concludes. Once the committee approves the nomination, ...

Trump’s AG nominee defends memo criticizing Mueller probe

Politics 01/15/19, 11:06

President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general on Tuesday defended his decision to send an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department criticizing an aspect of the special counsel's Russia investigation, saying he was simply trying to warn senior Justice Department officials against "stretching a statute" to conclude that the president ...

Trump’s AG pick to steer through Dem, GOP queries at hearing

Politics 01/15/19, 05:11

President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee will have to navigate his confirmation hearing skillfully, emphasizing his support for President Donald Trump's policies while assuring Democrats he will act independently and won't interfere with the special counsel's Russia investigation. Barr will face questions Tuesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee about his relationship ...

Update: Barr says Trump asked him for no promises

Politics 01/14/19, 10:14

The Latest on President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general (all times local): 10:12 a.m. President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general will tell senators that Trump didn't seek any assurances or promises before nominating him. That's according to William Barr's prepared remarks, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of his confirmation hearing ...

Attorney General pick Barr expresses confidence in Mueller

Politics 01/09/19, 13:24

The incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that Attorney General nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said after meeting with Barr, who led the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush, that ...

Top Alabama news stories of 2018

U.S. 12/29/18, 15:30

Alabama's top news stories of the year included the 2018 elections, the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a major economic development announcement and the opening of a memorial to lynching victims U.S. Sen. Doug Jones was sworn into office in January after becoming the first Alabama Democrat elected to ...

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